But instructors say learners will find it easier to pass the test
Changes to the rules covering driving licenses will make it easier to pass the driving test and for people to get licenses but are likely to raise the cost of lessons, instructors say.
The new regulations were announced on Monday by the Ministry of Public Security, and take effect on Jan 1.
Some tests, such as avoiding various obstacles and moving one-side of a vehicle onto and off a platform without it dropping off the side, will be scrapped.
No reason has been given for abolishing these tests, which learner drivers must practise and pass before obtaining a license under the current rules.
"The abolition of these not-so-useful tests will definitely make it easier for our clients to pass the driving test," Wang Guangyu, head of the recruitment office at the Beijing Gongjiao Driving School, told China Daily on Wednesday.
Su Guoshun, an instructor at a driving school in Nanyang, Henan province, told Henan Legal Daily: "The tests (that will be abolished) are too difficult for learners to practise and pass and drivers actually don't often use such skills."
One woman taking lessons at Su's school said she agreed with the new rules. "What are the odds that you have to move one side of a vehicle onto and off a narrow platform when driving on roads?" she asked.
An instructor at the Guang'an Driving School in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, said: "I have more than 30 years of driving experience and never used my expertise to move one side of my car onto and off a narrow platform."
But while they welcomed the changes to the regulations, instructors said they may lead to more expensive driving lessons.
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